Looks like the fix is in for toll roads

Whether it’s Mary Peters, the former U.S. secretary of Transportation, whose name pops up each election cycle as a possible gubernatorial candidate, or Byron Schlomach, chief economist at the Goldwater Institute who says, “I wouldn’t build any new freeway without tolls,” —  privatized roads have a fan base.  Peters, by the way,  is now a consultant for a Texas toll-road company.

 John Munger, the Tucson lawyer who recently threw his hat in the 2010 governor’s ring, has spoken of his interest in moving the concept forward.

Here’s the report in the daily, which includes this bit under the “con” section of the pro and con arguments: In California, toll lanes were opened on an Orange County highway to relieve congestion on the crowded Interstate 5 route between Los Angeles and San Diego. Initially, it was hailed as a new model for helping commuters. Before long, surrounding highways were clogging up with drivers unwilling to pay the toll. When improvements on nearby roads were planned, the toll operator sued because the contract barred the state from building roads that would compete.

Swell.

And how many recall the under-the-radar bill (HB 2396) Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law July 13, 2009, that established a framework for the Arizona Department of Transportation to enter into Public-Private Partnerships including a mechanism for toll roads — and allowing for the use of eminent domain to acquire private property for such use?

We didn’t either.

5 Responses to Looks like the fix is in for toll roads

  1. ron says:

    how did this get past all the property rights watchdogs??? or did they just roll over and play lapdogs??

  2. Joe Evans says:

    I just read the bill and see it prohibits the use of photo radar enforcement on toll lanes. That makes sense. After paying to drive on the private roads, and being taxed to build and maintain public ones, who will have any reserves left to pay speeding fines?

    As to the implementation of eminent domain, ron, that is an issue that deserves far greater scrutiny than it receives. The abuses are widespread. I’m sure you remember the Kelo case that made it all the way to the US Supreme Court.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner~y2009m3d10-Susette-Kelos-revenge-New-London-regrets-eminent-domain-fiasco

    Now government entities intent on seizing private property simply declare it “blighted,” removing the requirement to prove “ benefit” to the community.

  3. Another LD11 PC says:

    The TransTexas Cooridor, having failed in Texas, is now coming to Arizona as I-11 and the “Canamex Cooridor”!

    http://www.coordorwatch.org

    For those of you who didn’t like the bi-partisan NAFTA sellout or worse, the CAFTA sellout which Trent Franks voted in favor of as the tiebreaker vote, this issue is for you!

    It will allow Mexican trucks to enter the US without going through customs, eliminate US trucker’s jobs, and track you, and all trucks movements via Wi-Fi whereever you go on the cooridor!

    While they claim it will be paid for by tolls, according to Andy Biggs’ bill (now law) described above in the blog post, all the bonds underlying the construction are guaranteed by the full faith and credit of Arizona taxpayers!

    Yay. New York/New Jersey style Port Authority socialism come to Arizona!

    Hurray for the Republicans who have gone New York Democrat.

  4. Sgt. Preston says:

    I believe Munger has endorsed the use of foreign investors for the construction projects. Does anyone have any information on this? His site doesn’t address it.

  5. Night Owl says:

    No specific information, Sgt., but a friend heard him at a district meeting and said he thought Munger said something similar. He (friend) was too vague to cite credibly. But not to worry, Munger is but a blip on the Tucson radar, and will fade in a jiffy. He’s not a contend’a.